The United States Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina notes in a press release that the United States supports deliberate activities that contribute to reconciliation and confidence building in the country.
“Praising war criminals is unacceptable. “It insults the victims and deepens the suffering of the victims and their families as it threatens the peaceful future of Bosnia and Herzegovina,” the US Embassy Public Relations Office said in a written response when asked to comment on the letter written by High Representative Valentin Inzko. , in which he calls on the RS National Assembly to cancel the awards and commendations with which the Assembly presented persons convicted of war crimes and to do so within a period of three months.
“War crimes trials show individual responsibility and do not apply to a nation as a whole. Important steps towards reconciliation, such as the recent removal of the Radovan Karadzic plaque, which we welcomed, are crucial to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Euro-Atlantic path. “We urge local leaders to remove the symbols of discord in their communities across the country and return to a peaceful and inclusive future,” said the US Embassy Public Relations Office.
The EU Delegation to BiH said that “glorifying war criminals and reviewing well-established symbols of the facts of the war dispute is contrary to European values and taking steps towards reconciliation is among the 14 key priorities on the path to Bosnia towards EU candidate status. “
“Praising war criminals, revisionism and denying documented and proven facts about war events, including war crimes, are contrary to the most fundamental European values,” the EU Delegation commented.
The statement added that all political institutions and actors in the country should express their full and clear commitment to respect for the rule of law, as well as to create a favorable environment for reconciliation.
On Wednesday, the High Representative of the International Community Valentin Inzko wrote a letter to the RS National Assembly requesting the cancellation of awards and commendations for Radovan Karadžiž, Biljana Plavšić and Momčilo Krajišnik presented to them on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the RS back in 2016. Inzko gave RSNA a three-month deadline to meet the demand.
The letter provoked bitter reactions in RS and represents one of the rare cases in which the opposition and the ruling coalition hold joint positions.